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In the center of Orchha town and walking past Phool Bagh, are the wind-catching tall towers popularly called Sawan Bhadon. Legend states that these tall towers were erected in memory of two prince of Orchha who were sentenced to death, for killing a saint.

The Phool Bagh in Orchha (part of which you can see on the left) served as a summer retreat by the kings of Orchha. This was actually built as a memorial for Dinman Hardaul, the prince of Orchha, who died a martyr, to prove his innocence to his big brother. Chandan Katora was a beautiful fountain in Phool Bagh, which has dried up now.

The Sawan Bhadon towers, which one can see on the right are actually air shafts, which captured the prevailing wind and circulating cool air to the underground halls that served as pleasure retreats for the royals during summer months. There is an resourceful system of water ventilation connecting the underground palace with Chandan Katora. These cooling towers, came to Orchha from their origin in Yazd in Iran. Windcatchers (Persian: Bâdgir) are traditional Persian architectural devices used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in buildings. How does a Wind Catcher work? Pls. do check the Workshop for an illustration.

Dedicating this post to Malgorzata, who had recently visited Orchha.

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